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Northwestern suspends two fraternities after students said they were drugged


Northwestern University suspended fraternity activities on all of its campuses after several students were allegedly drugged in frat houses over the weekend, sparking protests from fellow students. 

The suspensions will remain in place at least until October 17, the Sunday after the university’s homecoming events, officials from the Evanston, Illinois school said as they launched an investigation into the allegations. 

‘Let us be clear: The health, safety and well-being of our students remain our top priority and we are taking these allegations very seriously, We encourage you to seek support from campus resources if you need help processing this news, ‘ read the statement on the university’s website.  

Northwestern officials said a group of students reported on Friday that they had been drugged without their consent at a fraternity party at the university’s main campus in Evanston. 

Students at Northwestern University organized a protest after several fellows students were drugged at fraternity houses over the weekend

Several other students filed a new report on Saturday alleging they also were drugged at another frat house on the Evanston campus.   

The addresses provided in the reports, 2325 Sheridan Road and 584 Lincoln Street, are consistent with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapters, respectively.

One of the students who claimed she was drugged, Isabel Podolsky, wrote an op-ed for the schools newspaper detailing her ordeal. 

 Podolsky said she was given a drink she was told was ‘non-alcoholic. She had two within two hours and realized she had been drugged, she wrote.  

She said that while she was able to talk she could not move her body.

She had the presence of mind to call her parents, who ordered her to call emergency services. 

She was transported to NorthShore University HealthSystem, but said she was belittled by first responders who believed she was in a self-induced stated of hallucination.  

Students at Northwestern University organized a protest after several fellows students were drugged at fraternity houses over the weekend

Students at Northwestern University organized a protest after several fellows students were drugged at fraternity houses over the weekend 

Northwestern said a group of students reported on Friday that they had been drugged without their consent at a fraternity in the university's main campus in Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern said a group of students reported on Friday that they had been drugged without their consent at a fraternity in the university’s main campus in Evanston, Illinois

The university has reiterated they are taking the allegations seriously and are working along with the Interfraternity Council, the governing body of many fraternities, to find out who is responsible. 

On Sunday night, about 2,000 students attended a protest and demanded all Greek life be abolished at the Big-10 school. 

A large crowd of students chanted ‘We can see you,’ while they held ‘Abolish Greek life’ and ‘Believe Survivors’ signs. 

‘It is terrible that such a terrible thing had to happen for several people to come, but I am grateful that there are so many people here to support those who are affected,’ ‘Gia’, a junior student at Northwestern, told abc.

One of the fraternities told CBS Chicago they were cooperating with campus police. 

‘Alpha Epsilon Pi is horrified by these stories and our members are cooperating fully with the university’s investigation in order to find the responsible individuals,’ the fraternity said. ‘If proven guilty, those perpetrators should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.’

After receiving the reports, the university issued a statement announcing they are conduction an investigation into the incidents, but students are demanding for all Greek Life to be abolished in the university

After receiving the reports, the university issued a statement announcing they are conduction an investigation into the incidents, but students are demanding for all Greek Life to be abolished in the university

The university has reiterated they are taking the allegations seriously and are working to investigate the matter

The university has reiterated they are taking the allegations seriously and are working to investigate the matter

The addresses provided in the reports, 2325 Sheridan Rd and 584 Lincoln St, are consistent with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Alpha Epsilon Pi (pictured) chapters

The addresses provided in the reports, 2325 Sheridan Rd and 584 Lincoln St, are consistent with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Alpha Epsilon Pi (pictured) chapters



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